Listen to Stephanie’s interview with Sharon and Becky from Breast Friends of Oregon. We shared our stories, unpacked the challenges cancer brings to our emotions and how art can help. Here’s the link!
Watch this FB live video, Stephanie was a guest on CancerGrad’s #WisdomWednesday program. We briefly discussed why having cancer can be traumatizing, how art therapy can help, and then we did a mini-experiential to give you an idea of what a session is like. Here’s the link!
Read this blog about Creative Transoformations’ work, written by Diane Atwood, a journalist from Portland, Maine, her blog is Catching Health with Diane Atwood. She interviewed Molly, a 40 year old breast cancer survivor, about her experience with the individual program we offer. Here’s an excerpt below (click here for the full article)
“I had thought about doing traditional support groups or traditional therapy, but just never did it,” Molly told me. “Stephanie explained what she was doing and it sounded like something that would be great. I’m not the least bit artistic, in fact, very far from it. But she gets you comfortable with the materials you’re working with before you start to get your expressions out on paper. You get comfortable with just doing it.”
Molly and Stephanie had four sessions together. Each one began with a meditation and deep breathing. Then Stephanie led her through a particular topic — her body, for instance. “She would prompt me,” says Molly. “Your body has gone through all these changes. How would you describe your relationship with your body before this trauma? Then she asked how I would describe it now. We would talk and she would prompt me to express my feelings artistically.”
One of the things Molly told Stephanie was how when she took a shower, she was more afraid of her body. Afraid that she’d find another lump or a recurrence. Stephanie explained how colors can represent feelings and suggested that imagining sunshine and a yellow color might help allay or redirect her fear.
Molly created a bright yellow image and now that’s what comes to her mind whenever she steps into the shower. “Every time I go into the shower, I think about bringing in the warm yellow,” she says. “It definitely helped me.”